Historic steam train tour prize up for grabs

Costain Express
Costain Express

Steam train enthusiasts have organised a charity raffle for two lucky people to get a chance to drive a steam train at the world famous Bluebell Railway in Sussex.

For just £5 per ticket, entrants could win the opportunity to fire the engine, build steam pressure, blow the whistle and be in control of a 200 ton train on a 22 mile round trip through the picturesque Sussex countryside.

All proceeds will go to engineering company Costain’s 150 Challenge charity appeal which is raising money for four charities – the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Prince’s Trust and Samaritans. The event will take place on Saturday September 12.

Originally opened in 1882, the Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for 11 miles along the border between East and West Sussex. After reopening again in 1960, the Bluebell was the first preserved standard gauge steam-operated passenger railway in the world to operate a public service.

Local residents and hosts of the prize tour will be Ben Coughlan, a community and security manager ,and Chris Hunford, a project manager know the trains, track and stations inside and out.

For more information or to enter the competition visit Ben and Chris’s JustGiving Page at: www.justgiving.com/Costain150-drive-a-steam-train